Natural sites

The Franches-Montagnes

At an altitude of 1,000 metres, the Franches-Montagnes form a plateau of unspoilt landscapes. Characterised by open pastures and pine forests, the region is a paradise for nature lovers.

Horses in the fields, Franches-Montagnes
Horses in the fields, Franches-Montagnes. © Switzerland Tourism/Nicole Schafer
Horse country

Berceau du cheval franches-montagnes – unique race originaire de Suisse - ce dernier y est roi. De nombreuses activités équestres sont proposées comme des balades accompagnées, des dégustations de fondue sur un char attelé ou encore des visites d'élevages

At the cradle of the Franches-Montagnes horse – the only horse breed originating in Switzerland – the latter is king. A wide range of horse-riding activities are available, including guided horseback rides fondue tastings on a horse-drawn wagon and visits to horse-breeding farms

Preserved nature

The pond Etang de la Gruère is situated in the heart of the Franches-Montagnes, surrounded by a protected moorland. A footpath takes you around the lake, allowing you to relax and enjoy the pristine surroundings. 

Outdoor activities

The region is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts. The Franches-Montagnes offer ideal conditions for all kinds of activities such as hiking, biking, horseback riding, outings on horse wagon, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and dog sledding.
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Family in the Franches-Montagnes
Family in the Franches-Montagnes. © Switzerland Tourism/Nicole Schafer
Across the Franches-Montagnes
Across the Franches-Montagnes. © Anthony Brown
Horse "Franches-Montagnes"
Horse "Franches-Montagnes". © Vincent Bourrut
Horse riding in Franches-Montagnes
Horse riding in Franches-Montagnes. © Anthony Brown

Natural sites

Etang de la Gruère

A nature reserve of national importance, the Etang de la Gruère is a haven of peace and a true paradise for nature lovers.

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Jura Road, Etang de la Gruère

Watchmaking experiences

Discover the unique watchmaking heritage of the Franches Montagnes.

Discover the first museum entirely dedicated to watchcases

At this workshop, guillochage is still practised on centuries-old machines.

Production of one’s own mechanical watch with personalized components.


The Franches-Montagnes is the only indigenous Swiss horse breed.

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Jura-Route, Franches-Montagnes

Suggested activities

A Wild West experience by steam or "Belle Epoque" train.

With their "Sensitive Nature©" program, Jura Escapades invite you to get away into the outdoors.

Workshop on edible wild plants

The only resort hotel of its kind in the Jura with spa and swimming pool.

Meet the world's largest bird in a small Franches-Montagnes village.

From the farm to the cheese dairy

Discover the endearing world of the Siberian Husky.

Production of one’s own mechanical watch with personalized components.

The ideal alternative to a bike, for young and old alike.

Travel the most beautiful routes

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